Police seek robber of bowling alley on U.S. 40 Lone thief forced manager to take money from safe

April 01, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Howard County police are looking for a man who acted as if he had a weapon when he held up an Ellicott City bowling alley Friday afternoon.

According to police, a man walked into the Normandy Brunswick Bowling Alley in the 8400 block of U.S. 40 at 12: 45 p.m. and asked a manager about reserving lanes for a party.

The man then asked the manager to see the establishment's safe and he raised his left hand, which was covered by a newspaper, police said. Although no weapon was displayed, police said it was implied that he had one.

The manager took the man into the back office area, where the safe was kept, and the suspect demanded money from it.

A police report said the manager put an undisclosed amount of cash into a bank bag that was on top of the safe, the man took it, left the office and fled the building.

He drove off in what witnesses said was a red Plymouth Neon.

He is described as a dark-skinned black male with a medium build, 6 feet 1 to 6 feet 3 and wearing a red flannel shirt over a black T-shirt and jeans.

Police said the man was bald and wore a mustache.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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